Justiceline: July 13, 2011

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  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, who allegedly assaulted a fellow justice, rejected claims that he should take a leave of absence from the court because, in the words of the leader of one of the organizations calling on him to resign “In any work place that I have ever been in, if someone is accused of such a serious accusation, putting a fellow co-worker into a choke hold, they would expect to be on leave immediately.”
  • A federal judge in Virginia threw out a death sentence after discovering that prosecutors hit evidence and used false testimony to obtain a conviction. The wrongly convicted man spent nine years on death row.
  • Law enforcement is increasingly using search warrants to search Facebook profiles.
  • The Ninth Circuit held that Jared Loughner, the defendant in the Tucson shooting who tried to kill Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), can not be forced to take medication in order to render him fit for trial.
  • The Ninth Circuit is exploring whether the ban on discrimination in juries applies to discrimination against gay jurors.
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are both probing whether the ABA is adequately monitoring law schools to ensure that their graduates can find jobs.